Meet Mary of My Hideaway on Etsy
As someone who spends too much time on Etsy, I have come to 'meet' some amazing shop owners. I thought it would be really cool to get to know them better and find out the stories behind their shops and their creativity. Starting the new series of Meet an Etsy Shop Owner is the awesome Mary,
Owner and everything behind the uber cute handmade accessories shop, Myhideaway!
Your name and where you live?
My name is Mary, and I live just outside Washington, DC.
How long have you been into crafting?
I've been drawing and painting and making things since I was very small. As far as felt crafts go, the first things I can remember making were Christmas ornaments when I was in kindergarten. I loved the bright colors and soft texture of felt then, and I still do.
Why do you do this, and what inspires you?
I'm not sure exactly why I feel the need to create things with my hands, but I know the desire to make art has always been there. When I've gone through periods in my life where I was too busy with work or school to do anything creative, I've become depressed and agitated with life.
As for inspirations, they are many and varied: animals, fiction and fairy tales, color and texture, city life, nature, spontaneous encounters.
How did you come to be on Etsy, and do you sell anywhere else or would you like to?
I was a buyer on Etsy long before I was a seller. It took me a couple of years to work up the courage (and find the time) to open a shop. At the moment, the only place I sell online is Etsy, but I'm looking into a few other sites. I'm not sure if the added work of maintaining another shop would be worth it in terms of sales or exposure, but it's definitely worth exploring. I do love the community on Etsy and the camaraderie among sellers, and I'm not sure there's another site like it.
What makes your work special and different from others?
I think all of my work is wholly my own because it comes from my experiences, my perspective on life. Specifically, all of my brooches are made from my own designs; I would never use ready-made patterns or parts. I begin the process by sketching ideas and then start playing with color. Next comes the more technical part of translating a two-dimensional sketch to a three-dimensional brooch, figuring out the construction, and creating a template. After that, it's a lot of cutting and sewing, which takes much longer than you might think. Most of my brooches take hours to make. I also like to make items that are one-of-a-kind (or sometimes a-few-of-a-kind) because I like giving customers something special that no one else will have.